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Peoples Gas 22nd Street Station

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Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Heriberto León (leon.heriberto@epa.gov)
312-886-6163 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66163

Remedial Project Manager
Ross Delrosario (delrosario.rosauro@epa.gov)
312-886-6195 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66195

Repositories

(where to view written records)

Chicago Public Library - Lozano Branch
1805 S. Loomis Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60608
312-746-4329

Background

The 22nd Street Station site is located at 2200 S. Racine Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. The 7.2-acre site is bounded to the west by commercial property, to the north by Cermak Road and, to the east by an electrical substation, and to the south by the South Branch of the Chicago River. The site is comprised of four parcels, which are currently owned by Commonwealth Edison, GRM, Supercartage and Midwest Generation LLC.

Manufactured gas plants (MGPs) were industrial facilities that produced gas from coal, oil, and other products. MGPs started operating in the early 1800s in urban areas where gas was needed for lighting, cooking, and heating. However, the processes used to manufacture gas also produced waste products such as tar, sludge, and other toxic wastes.

The 22nd St. Station site was initially developed by Peoples Gas in 1862 to produce gas from coal. Beginning in 1922, the plant was used to produce gas only when customer demand was high. Peoples Gas began leasing portions of the site to Commonwealth Edison in 1931. The plant was modified to produce carbureted water gas and oil gas in 1934 and some of the manufactured gas facilities were no longer in use by 1938. In 1944, two production units were modified to produce reformed natural gas. The plant stopped operating entirely in 1958 and the last portion of the site was sold in 1959. The last facilities of the former manufactured gas plant were dismantled by 1960.

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Site Updates

March 2014

Remedial investigation (RI) work is expected to begin in 2014 upon submission of a completion report/RI work plan by the summer of this year.  EPA will review these submittals from the responsible party (Integrys) before it can approve the start of the field work.  Field work to collect soil, ground water and soil vapor samples from the site is expected to begin before the end of the year.

Of particular interest is the need to conduct sampling at a portion of the Midwest Generation Fisk Station.  This parcel is also part of the Peoples Gas 22nd Street Station site.  This was the only portion of the site never remediated during the 2007-2009 EPA removal action involving the excavation and off-site disposal of contaminated soil and debris from the site.  Completion of the field work—including periodic sampling of the ground water—is expected by early 2016 and a draft RI report by late 2016 or 2017.

January 2013

A remedial investigation and feasibility study concerning the contamination remaining on this site will take place under a legal agreeement signed with Integrys, the parent company of Peoples Gas.

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Manufactured Gas Plants (MGPs)

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EPA Region 5 is working on former MGPs in Wisconsin and Illinois.

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